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Book review: The Trouble in Me, by Jack Gantos

Gantos, Jack. The Trouble in Me. Farrar, 2015. $17.99. 224p. 9780374379957. Ages 12-15. P9Q8

Gantos, known for his Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series, is at his best when he uses personal experiences for his novels, and this funny, scary book about 14-year-old Jack’s relationship with his new neighbor, a thug, is no different. 94 more words

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Hole In My Life Book Review

I have recently discovered Jack Gantos, particularly this book — Hole In My Life, a memoir during his younger years. As it turned out, this book talks about the biggest mistake he commits, his life in jail, and how he used those mistakes to learn, and achieve his lifelong dream, that is, to become a writer.


Book review: The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, by Jack Gantos

Gantos, Jack. The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza. (Joey Pigza series.) Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014. $16.99. ISBN 9780374300838. 154 pgs. Ages 10-14. P6Q6

This is the fifth book in the… 123 more words

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"Dead End in Norvelt" -An Unusual Newberry Award Winner

Book Review: Dead End in Norvelt
By Jack Gantos

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Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! 691 more words

Young Adult Book Reviews

Literary spiritualism

It’s YALSA Symposium weekend…two days to talk about Young adults, books and libraries. I don’t often give up a Saturday, but this was definitely worth it. 214 more words

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Three Books I'm Considering Reading Aloud to 5th Graders

This is one of the hardest parts about reading aloud: Selecting the title! One of the 5th grade classrooms invited me to read aloud in their classroom in November. 552 more words


The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos

I gave this book 2/5 stars.

I picked this book up thinking it would be a nice, light hearted, middle grade novel based off the book cover. 142 more words